Green Lotion for St. Patrick’s Day


Don’t you love how everything turns green for St. Patrick’s Day?

When I was in college, I’d been to the obligatory St. Patrick’s Day party and had overindulged in green beer. The following morning the dining hall had green eggs, green biscuits, and even green milk! Needless to say, I skipped breakfast that morning.

Thankfully, we can tint lotion a pretty green and not make anyone feel nauseous! I couldn’t resist the bit of whimsy.

In choosing the ingredients, I thought green as well: Avocado Butter, Olive Oil, and Aloe Extract all originate from green plants; Green Mango Fragrance Oil is named for a green fruit.

Join me as I make a lotion that is sure to please!

What You’ll Need

Supplies

Distilled Water
Avocado Butter
Olive Oil
Handcrafted Shea Butter
Glycerin
Emulsifying Wax
Aloe Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Green Mango Fragrance
Blue Color
Yellow Color

Equipment

Scale
Microwave-safe container
Stick Blender
Silicone Spatula
Thermometer
Spoon
Transfer Pipette
Bottles and Lids

Formula

72% Distilled Water
7% Avocado Butter
5% Olive Oil
2% Handcrafted Shea Butter
5% Glycerin
5% Emulsifying Wax
3% Aloe Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Green Mango Fragrance
Q.S. Blue Color
Q.S. Yellow Color

100-gram Test Batch

72 grams Distilled Water
7 grams Avocado Butter
5 grams Olive Oil
2 grams Handcrafted Shea Butter
5 grams Glycerin
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
3 grams Aloe Extract
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 gram Green Mango Fragrance
Q.S. Blue Color
Q.S. Yellow Color

16-ounce Batch

11.52 ounces Distilled Water
1.12 ounces Avocado Butter
0.8 ounce Olive Oil
0.32 ounce Handcrafted Shea Butter
0.8 ounce Glycerin
0.8 ounce Emulsifying Wax
0.48 ounce Aloe Extract
0.08 ounce Liquid Germall Plus
0.08 ounce Green Mango Fragrance
Q.S. Blue Color
Q.S. Yellow Color

Instructions

Weigh everything but the preservative and fragrance into the microwave-safe container. Heat using 30-second time bursts until all the solids are melted.

Use the stick blender to create the emulsion, blending until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Use a silicone spatula to scrape down the sides of the container a few times while mixing. This is a good time to add the color, also, adding just one drop at a time until you reach the hue you like. (I used one drop of blue and two drops of yellow.)

Allow the mixture to cool below 120ºF before adding the preservative and fragrance. Stir well to combine, or use the stick blender again.

Pour into bottles and leave uncapped until lotion has cooled fully.

Blue and yellow colors premixed with water.

Adding extract, preservative, and fragrance to colored lotion.

Notes

The lotion came out really nice. It’s fluid enough for a treatment pump, but it’s luscious on the skin like a heavier cream. The green color is fun!

I like Green Mango fragrance. It really is nothing like I imagined. I was expecting a scent like unripe bananas, maybe. Nope. This smells fantastic, tropical, herbal, and unique! I’d definitely use it again, and I will try it in soap one day.

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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